Hyper­local radio and do-it-your­self net­works — Grass­roots Radio on the Hori­zon Mag­a­zine

A well informed overview of Grass­roots Radio has been pub­lished on the Hori­zon Mag­a­zine, the research and inno­va­tion mag­a­zine of the Euro­pean Union. The press item focus­es on the need to bring radio to remote com­mu­ni­ties that the project aims to tack­le. With an FM sig­nal broad­cast over a catch­ment area of only a few kilo­me­tres, researchers at work in the project are in fact find­ing new and sur­pris­ing ways to con­nect remote or rur­al com­mu­ni­ties, even in areas where com­mu­ni­ca­tions may be patchy.

The arti­cle also fea­tures an inter­view with Chris Csík­szent­mi­há­lyi, Project and Sci­en­tif­ic Coor­di­na­tor, who claims:

We think that FM is still a very use­ful and very impor­tant medi­um, and it deserves a fresh look as to how it works … and how will it inter­act with … these more recent tech­nolo­gies. While it may be rel­a­tive­ly old tech­nol­o­gy now, it is still very rel­e­vant in many parts of the world. What dif­fer­en­ti­ates these sta­tions from a lot of com­mu­ni­ty radio sta­tions is that they are very high­ly net­worked, so they are all going off a strong con­nec­tion to the inter­net and mobile tele­pho­ny.

The Grass­roots Radio project makes FM fre­quen­cies avail­able for hyper­local com­mu­ni­ty radio sta­tions, which can work off a trans­mit­ter con­nect­ed to a mobile phone, broad­cast­ing over a radius of up to 12 km, per­haps cov­er­ing a neigh­bour­hood, or a vil­lage and its sur­round­ings.

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